Milian also recommends reviewing overall job performance for anyone believed to have participated in the attack on the Capitol or expressed support of this behavior in the workplace. “Specifically check if they’ve engaged in any form of harassment, discrimination, or other potentially unethical or illegal behavior. This is especially important if the employee is or were in a leadership role [where they] make employment decisions such as hiring, terminations, promotions, salary changes, etc.” It is possible this person’s views have shown up in their work, through other complaints and microaggressive behaviors. If that is determined to be the case after an investigation, separation may also be warranted. … [Read more...] about 4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
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The issue of language is key because most warnings about misinformation online are in a written format. Take Facebook’s adoption of new alerts supported by independent fact-checkers, for example. They warn users of fake news and to try to prevent them from sharing it unknowingly. It is certainly a step in the right direction. But text warnings can be easily misunderstood and ignored. And that’s the problem. … [Read more...] about Twitter, Facebook, and Google could combat disinformation with this simple design tweak
My first year in graduate school, I read a paper in which the authors laid out the state of 21st-century nature. There was a great map of the world’s remaining High Biodiversity Wilderness Areas. There were only five: the Amazon and Congo rainforests (aka the Usual Suspects), Papua New Guinea, a patchy swath of southern Africa . . . and the arid region around the U. S.-Mexico border, covering most of the American Southwest and north-central Mexico. The area near the border is dry, but it’s mountainous, with many microclimates and hardly any people. I once spent a week in the desert where California meets Nevada, and an ecologist out there told me that it’s not unusual for a dedicated naturalist to find plants, even trees, that haven’t yet been described by science. The border fence cuts right through these kinds of places. … [Read more...] about Border Walls Aren’t Just Political Objects—They’re Ecological Barriers, Too
I like this option because it keeps newsletters from getting lost in the shuffle (or from taking your attention away from more pressing emails) but also keeps them close enough by that you aren’t likely to forget about them. Whenever new newsletters arrive, in fact, you’ll see gentle indications of their presence within your inbox—even though the messages themselves will remain out of the way and detached from everything else. … [Read more...] about Don’t clutter your inbox with newsletters. Use these awesome apps instead
Who wins? Kids with access to AP classes, for whom SAT Subject Tests doubled their test burden. Class of 2022 and 2023 students who were overstressed about how to take tests amid pandemic seating limitations. Who loses? Excellent essayists who would hit the essay section out of the park, and use it to prove to admissions teams that they could write cogent (albeit formulaic) essays in 50 minutes without an adult editor. Students at the 2,000 U.S. high schools without AP curricula, and the many other schools with limited AP course options. Home schoolers who want to demonstrate mastery beyond an A+ from Mom. What type of student is this a nightmare for? Subject Tests were known as a backdoor way for students to study for a few weeks and do well on an exam, and bolster an application. For example, a bright kid could study a Biology Subject Test guide book and ace the test—without taking advanced high school biology. This was useful to low-income kids without access to good … [Read more...] about Who wins and loses with the College Board’s cancellation of the SAT essay and subject tests?